The Kangal Shepherd Dog: The 10 Most Asked Questions.
If you’ve heard of the Kangal Shepherd Dog at all you probably gotten the impression that owning one can be difficult or even dangerous and irresponsible.
Also known as the Kangal Shepherd, Kurdish Kangal, or Turkish Kangal, it’s true this breed can be intimidating, thanks to its massive, muscular body. However, in the hands of the knowledgeable owners and in the correct environment the Kangal can be the perfect choice of dog breed.
Below we’ll be answering the most asked questions about the Kangal Shepherd dog and hopefully the answer you’re looking for is listed here. If not, please add the question in the comments so I can answer it for the next person interested. Thanks.
Most Asked Questions about the Kangal Shepherd Dog.
What’s the difference between a Kangal Shepherd and an Anatolian Shepherd
There is a debate raging as to what makes a Kangal a Kangal. If you’d like to know more about this debate you can find a link at the bottom of this page with the info.
True Kangals come in only one coat color, pale tan. Anatolian Shepherds come in lighter colors with some splotches and spots. Some Anatolians won’t even have a black mask.
Kangals guard and protect the herd. They will attack when they sense danger even without orders from their owner.
Anatolian Shepherds work by being a watchdog and are more used to scouting danger rather than attacking intruders.
What is the Height & Weight of the Kangal?
- Dogs 70–80 cm (28–31 in)
- Bitches 63–75 cm (25–30 in)
- Dogs 48–60 kg (106–132 lb)
- Bitches 40–50 kg (88–110 lb)
What coat does the Kangal have?
- 3–7 cm (1.2–2.8 in) long
Kangals have a thick uniform coat of pale tan. Some can have sable coats, with tan hair that is tipped with black.
It’s rare to find these dogs with a patterned coat like brindle or merle. Their face also usually has a black mask, and their ears are floppy and with a black tinge.
How much does a Kangal Shepherd Dog cost?
Due to the rareness of the Kangal, the price for a puppy ranges from $1500 to $4000. That is if your lucky enough to actually find a one for sale.
What is the lifespan of the Kangal?
The Kangal Shepherd Dog has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Are Kangal Dogs Loyal?
Yes, Kangals are extremely loyal to their owners. They are fiercely protective of their owners and territory and are quick to follow any command they are issued.
Is Kangal a good family dog?
Kangal Dogs are friendly with visitors and often get along well with children. However, Kangal Shepherd Dogs should only be owned by experienced dog owners willing to take the responsibility of raising the Kangal seriously. They are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.
There are restrictions for owning a Kangal in certain areas.
Are Kangal Shepherd Dogs Aggressive?
Kangal dogs will develop an independent streak if proper training and socialization is not achieved from a young age. They are extremely protective of their families.
Is Kangal Shepherd Dog the strongest dog in the world?
As far as bite force, yes they are they strongest dog in the world. With a bite force of 743 psi they are stronger than a lions at 650psi.
Are Kangals really dangerous?
Yes, the Kangal has the ability to kill wolves so I’d say they are pretty dangerous when necessary.
The truth is, all dogs can be dangerous if not properly trained. The Kangal is no exception but with experienced proper training the Kangal can be a great pet. Kangals must be placed in the correct situation to succeed.
Conclusion of Kangal Shepherd Dog.
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